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Office deal creates new Clarion HQ


Next April we are to move into a new headquarters after a prominent city centre office building, Elizabeth House on Queen Street, was bought by JF Finnegan.

Next April we are to move into a new headquarters after a prominent city centre office building, Elizabeth House on Queen Street, was bought by JF Finnegan.

The Sheffield-based developer has acquired the vacant 25,000sq ft building from Valad Property Group, acting on behalf of the Osprey managed fund, for an undisclosed sum.  It will shortly commence a comprehensive Grade A refurbishment programme to create high quality, contemporary office accommodation. 

We will relocate our 100-strong team from the existing 10,000sq ft Leeds office on Oxford Place, into 15,000sq ft of office space next April.  As well as refurbishing the interior, there are plans to modernise the exterior of the building. The upgrade will include creating a dedicated entrance for Clarion leading to its own reception area and three floors of office space.

John Flathers and James Knowles at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office represented JF Finnegan in both the acquisition of the building and the 15 year lease to Clarion. SNR Denton UK LLP acted for Valad in the sale and Clarion was represented by property partner James Lawson in the lease deal.

Philip Hollister, chairman of JF Finnegan, said; “Elizabeth House presented an excellent opportunity for us to expand our portfolio and acquire a flagship office building in the heart of Leeds’ business district as well as bringing a significant building such as this back into use. Our in-house resources enable us to undertake the complete refurbishment works of the internal space and the external upgrade. We will be progressing with the refurbishment in the next few weeks with a view to complete by early 2012.”

Mark Burns, managing partner of Clarion, explains:  “Since our launch four years ago, we have seen consistent growth and have been seeking larger offices in the heart of the Leeds business quarter for some time.

“As well as providing a modern and business-focussed environment to meet our clients’ needs and expectations, our fast expanding team will also be able to enjoy an improved working environment in premises which will be able to accommodate our continued growth.

“Having established ourselves as a key player in the Yorkshire legal sector, these prestigious new offices mark another key stage in the firm’s development, reflecting the quality of our client base as well as our future aspirations.”

JF Finnegan has appointed Dresler Smith to market the additional 10,000sq ft of transformed office accommodation which will be ready for occupancy early next year.

John Flathers, partner and head of the Leeds Real Estate team at Irwin Mitchell, said; “We are proud to have represented JF Finnegan.  Clarion had been looking for the ideal base to relocate into for some time and it is testament to JF Finnegan’s expertise that they were able to create the right opportunity to suit all parties.”


Photo caption (left to right): John Flathers of Irwin Mitchell; Philip Hollister of JF Finnegan; Mark Burns, managing partner of Clarion; and James Lawson, property partner at Clarion

Notes to Editors:

For further information on JF Finnegan please contact Faye at Space PR on 0113 259 7685 or via e-mail at faye@spacepr.co.uk

For more information on Clarion please contact Susan Reid at Appeal PR on 01423 56 99 99 or via e-mail at susan@appealpr.com